Best Eats In Serangoon, Kovan, Hougang

Best Eats In Serangoon, Kovan, Hougang

Featuring Lola's Cafe (Simon Road), The Plain Jane (Serangoon), Flavour Flings, KOOKS Creamery (Serangoon), Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre, Ciel Pรขtisserie (Hougang), Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, iSTEAKS Diner (myVillage), Sin Heng Kee Porridge (Hougang), Ah Seah Teochew Porridge
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

Emitting the fragrance of pandan while possessing the right level of sweetness, the gorgeous-looking ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ต ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ($6.90) was exceptional. I also loved the tiny cubes of ondeh ondeh perched on the tart.

Overall a very promising start and I can't wait for @firststorycafe to finalise its full menu.

The superbly seasoned ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ ๐——๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ (6 pcs, $6.90) were spicy, succulent and highly satisfying.

The food items did not disappoint. The ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น ($10.90) saw tender beef slices juxtaposed with colourful vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrots) and a runny egg to create a visually stunning dish. The flavours were on point and I loved this rice bowl.

I also liked the rich ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ($6.50), but I tasted more tea and hardly any coffee in the ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฌ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ($7.00).

[Soft Launch] Foreword Coffee Roasters, which retails coffee-brewing equipment and coffee brew bags, has opened its first dine-in concept. First Story Cafe is located at the foot of an inconspicuous block of HDB flats. Its quiet, serene surrounding adds to the charm of this lovely cafe.

I popped by (twice) as it was having an opening promo of 1-for-1 drinks. As expected of a coffee roaster, the coffee was fragrant and robust. I enjoyed both the ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐Ÿด ๐—ข๐˜‡ ($5.50) and ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐Ÿด ๐—ข๐˜‡ ($6.50).

We were also impressed with the ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ โ€” delectably crispy and redolent of prawn paste โ€” and ๐—™๐˜‚ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด, which was expertly fried to produce a crispy exterior and fluffy interior, yet amazingly wasnโ€™t soaked in oil.

We didnโ€™t like the mediocre Stir ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ถ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ถ (it didnโ€™t cost $91 but it was still too pricey for a neighbourhood eatery) and the disastrous ๐—ฆ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ. The latter consisted of a few sad-looking lumps and a bowl of bland gravy that was neither sweet nor sour.

As its name implies, the specialties at Curry & Curry are the curry dishes, and the Curry Fish Head would be definitely worth your while.

A decent zi char option near Kovan MRT Station is Curry & Curry. Although the dishes we tried were hit and miss, the ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ was phenomenal.

Fleshy and succulent, the meat of the fish was infused with the flavours of the spicy curry. The accompanying pieces of okra and tomato also soaked in the curry beautifully, making them more drool-worthy.

While the two gargantuan globes of pork katsu in the ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€๐˜‚ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ($12.80) were scrumptiously shattering, we felt there couldโ€™ve been more cheese inside.

The ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป (NEW, $12.80) had tender chashu slices, bamboo shoots and black fungus in a comforting broth. I wished the noodle texture was firmer, though.

Donburi Maruya has opened a new outlet at Hougang Mall. The ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€๐˜‚ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป ($11.80) did not disappoint. The crispy pork katsu, molten onsen egg and fragrant onions were an enticing combination.

The generous portions of the ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($4.50) astounded us. Every slice of pig trotter, manifesting gelatinous fats and chewy lean meat, was infused with the delicious braising gravy. Every bite elicited squeals of delight, reminding me of the good times at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

One of the best finds in 2022 and definitely worth checking out!

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Pong Cheer Cheer is a hidden gem inside the Defu industrial park. Run by two Thai natives, the authentic Thai food at this stall is not only scrumptious, but comes in big portions as well.

The ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ($4.50) provides the most bang for your buck. A humongous bowl pairing pig trotter, pig skin and tau pok with smooth, slippery kway (flat rice noodles) in a robust, flavourful broth, this was hearty and delicious. IMO this is even better than the popular Thai kway chap along Upper Serangoon Road.

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